Brief doctor’s notes, moonlighting raise suspicions about medical leave

You make the call
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/03/2019

This edition of You Make the Call features a British Columbia worker who was fired for job abandonment after going on medical leave.

Donald Bailey, 65, was a salesman for Service Corporation International (SCI), a company that sells funeral-related products and services and operates cemeteries and funeral homes in the Vancouver area, since 1996. He also studied to be a real estate agent and told management he was going to obtain his real estate licence. No one at SCI told him this wasn’t allowed, though his supervisor felt it was interfering with his work.

On June 23, 2013, Bailey obtained a doctor’s note stating he had a medical problem and should be off work for two weeks.